Every Halloween Eve I read my kids Edgar Allen Poe’s story The Raven.  It is a fun little tradition that started years ago and by the time I am on the last few sentences, the little ones are usually sound asleep.

Except Quinn.  Each year he listens and we talk about the poem and what Poe was writing about in his anguished prose.

A few months ago I was looking for ideas for a Raven inspired Halloween dinner, and I stumbled upon a fun little craft that I absolutely loved for its simplicity. I got the supplies and set out to make 6 place settings.

It took me one Sunday morning to complete and I think they turned out pretty good!




I am not going to post the “How To’s” on this blog because you should go here to Brooklyn Limestone to find them.  I absolutely loath when people blog How To’s as if they were the original genius behind a craft.  I found the idea on Pinterest and copied it because I loved what she did.

They were very easy to make.  When you mess up, simply wash the paint off and start over again.  Easy day.  I didn’t use the tape though.  Too much work. I just eyeballed it and I like the haphazard freehand look that came from that.  If you try to do these, don’t get too caught up in making them perfect.  The point is a handmade memory, complete with imperfections.

Now my kids have a fun heirloom with my handwriting on it.  I am pretty sure they are thrilled. Well, sort of.  They thought they were cool and then left the room and I was all “THEY ARE AWESOME!! LOOK AT MY PLATES!!  I wanted them to gush but they didn’t. I told them “One day I will be long gone and you will have these plates with my handwriting on them and you will cry when you take them out of storage each Halloween.”  I know they will because I do that with the Santa pitcher and mugs my mom made.  Me?   I am handing down plates that have a poem about a crazy mans dead lover on them.  BUT I LOVE IT!!

Now go be a copy cat too!   Your kids will be luke warm with joy!

**I got my plates at HEB.  They were $1.99 each and I got ceramic paint pens from Hobby Lobby.  That’s all you need!

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